EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --
Eielson’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment team held an ADAPT Expo at the Baker Field House, which took Airmen through a typical night of drinking.
Several stations were set up to help the Airmen visually recreate what this night may look like. The first station explained how intoxication levels can vary based on gender, weight and the type of drink(s) they consume.
“We have this chart to help explain how much alcohol are in some typical drinks you’d have on a night out,” said Staff Sgt. Taryn Lauer, a 354th Medical Group mental health technician. “Not many people realize that, say a long island iced tea, is almost the equivalent of five drinks.”
At the next station, Airmen were greeted by Alaska State Trooper Malik Jones, who took the time to explain how driving a car looks and feels when drunk. Airmen were provided drunk goggles and a bicycle to navigate through cones. The goggles were designed to give the illusion of driving while intoxicated.
“The last station has security forces personnel performing field sobriety tests on Airmen while they wear drunk goggles,” said Lauer. “We want them to see how being intoxicated affects perception.”
The ADAPT team has also seen a positive correlation between Expo attendance and the number of referrals they get for alcohol related incidents. The more attendees at the Expo, the less referrals they receive.
“We also have the Office of Special Investigations out to talk to Airmen about the difference in Federal Law versus Military Law,” said Lauer. “Marijuana is legal in Alaska, but still illegal for military personnel.”
The biggest take-away from this expo is to learn to drink responsibly. It’s imperative for everyone’s safety to know what you’re drinking and to have a plan to be safe and responsible.
“This event is extremely important to bring awareness to the use of alcohol,” said Master Sgt. John Tristian, the 354th MDG first sergeant. “You can be briefed on the subject of responsible drinking a hundred times, but sometimes, until you have hands-on demonstration, it won’t sink in.”